The Harnisch Family

The Harnisch Family

Apr 19, 2012

BLOOM - Finding Beauty in the Unexpected

We leave for Florida tomorrow...Needless to say, I'm SUPER excited.  Not just to get away for a bit and enjoy the sunny beaches of Fort Lauderdale...but I have been holding out and waiting for the right time to read a new book (I've cheated however, and in a moment of weakness the other day, accidentally opened it up & have already gotten half way through it -oops!)  In any's the book I'm looking forward to reading (I mean finishing) this week!  :-)

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir

The author of the popular blog Enjoying the Small Things recounts the first year of life with her daughter Nella, born with Down syndrome-a celebration of the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother's love, and, the gift of experiencing life in a wondrous new way

Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me.
That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the beginning of my story.

When photographer Kelle Hampton learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.

But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister Lainey had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome-a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.

Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life-a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Hampton writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky."

Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning four-color photography as she recounts the unforgettable story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Poignant, eye-opening, and heart-soaring, Hampton’s Bloom is ultimately about embracing life and really living it.

I have been following Kelle's "Enjoying the Small Things" Blog ever since Macy was a few weeks old (Nella is just a couple weeks younger than Miss Macy)  :-)  It's inspiring, to say the least.

I am also excited that our "Down Syndrome Super Moms" group got together, purchased 20 books, which qualified us for two SKYPE session with Kelle.  We are having a "book club" of sorts.  ha!  Can't wait. 
Kelle has received much critical praise and so far "Bloom" has landed itself #11 on NY Times Best Seller list last week.  yeah, Go Kelle GO! 

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